The view down 5th Avenue is wonderful (with the Empire State Building in the distance) as we cross the street from Cartier to view the displays at Bergdorf Goodman (with a serious candy theme). In the distance, the UNICEF Snowflake hangs over 5th Avenue at 57th Street. The Snowflake is 23 feet (7 meters) in diameter, 28 feet (8.5 meters) high, weighs 3,300 pounds (1,497 kg) with 16,000 illuminated crystal prisms, and serves as the centerpiece of a campaign to raise money for health, immunization, nutrition, clean water and sanitation, education, and protection for children in developing countries.
5th Avenue, the Snowflake, and Tiffany & Co. holiday storefront
At Henri Bendel, the windows are a tribute to this great store which is closing for good in January after 123 years in business.
Henri Bendel (RIP)
A little further down 5th Avenue we find another Cartier store which is also quite formally decorated for the season.
Cartier's second store
Across from Rockefeller Center, the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue celebrate the Theater of Dreams (in San Francisco, the windows at Saks this year are a tribute to movies). Above the windows, the storefront is alive with lights and color.
Saks Fifth Avenue Theater of Dreams
Scattered throughout the city, everything is decorated, but a few other shop windows catch our attention as we stroll by.
It's worth the trip across the country just to window shop our way through the city. And, there is so much more to Manhattan!